I was attempting to simulate a disaster recovery scenario where I needed to replace my primary domain controller with new hardware. I figure that this would be one of the more complex DR tasks to accomplish and wanted to know what I was up against. This also played well with the need to transition my primary domain controller to new hardware.
Both servers are running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard. I do have a secondary DC actively running on the network. The PDC also has DNS, DHCP, Radius and WDS running. I have read many articles on how to transfer using DCPROMO, but since I am attempting to do a disaster recovery simulation, what if those servers are not available?
I have been performing regular full backups using Windows Server Backup and have one available. My original idea was to run a restore on the new box and restore the old server settings to the new server. Unfortunately, that didn't work. Right now, I'm kind of at a loss.